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Gilda's Family Restaurant

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37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, California
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121 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've been here a few times with friends. Usually for breakfast. Arrived for lunch, and ordered a captains platter(special?) and calamari as an appetizer. The calamari is different from other places. Shaped like pig ears, and breaded in their own good tasting mix. The appetizer had more than my meal. It had two small pieces of fish, a single shrimp,... More 

Thank Jason K
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cute diner. Has that typical American diner feel, and the servers bring around coffee in pots and keep topping you up if you need. Meals are simple, but it is an extensive menu for a diner, and breakfast runs through to 1:30pm if you're a late riser. Get a window booth and it's a nice view. Friendly staff who are... More 

Thank Sophia G
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We happened upon this place while looking for the Stagnaro's which is just down the pier a little ways. We ate at Gilda's after seeing the place was full and there was a wait. We seated ourselves at the bar and we ordered right away! They had amazing prime rib $10.95! Bartender was great . The bar faces the ocean... More 

Thank Lesley S
Stockton, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We started our day at Gilda's for breakfast! Always great food and service. We always enjoy eating at Gilda's! Brings back memories of our childhood. Best pancakes ever! Great atmosphere and we love watching the activity on the ocean as we eat!

Thank jenbrat7772
Oberlin, Ohio
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was good and the food was good as well. Gilda's is one of those staple places that seems to be a good go to when you're not willing to take a risk going to someplace new.

Thank Matt A
Montreux, Switzerland
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not a beautifully elegant restaurant, however the service was good, staff were attentive. What impressed us the most was the special of that day. We had the cioppino, a fish stew in a tomato soup/ sauce. It was a delicious dish, full of flavour and seafood. A generous portion, but not unmanageable. In addition if you can get a seat... More 

Thank Karstobb
Piscataway, New Jersey
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice huge breakfast on a Thursday morning. Full breakfast menu even at 10:30 am. Eggs bacon pancakes and yummy oatmeal. Everything was prepared as requested. Service was prompt but not rushed.

Thank approvalplanner
Roanoke, United States
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185 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visit Gilda's when in the area. A Santa Cruz pier treasure. Their fare is reasonably priced good food. Wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and very good. Had halibut with clam chowder , fresh vegetables and a baked potato. Sand dabs and the Monday night special which was a turkey dinner were the other meals in our group. All were good.... More 

Thank ejm99
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for breakfast. Had you average diner food. Tasty and plentiful meals. It was a nice break from the hotel food.

Thank J R
San juan
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for dinner on a Tuesday night and the place was packed. Its a bit run down, and although everyone is friendly and service was good, the food was just so-so. The dinner salad was okay, the fish and chips were bland and the spaghetti with meat sauce was a huge portion, but just ok. A bit disappointing since... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Open Hours
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5460
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-2010

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?